Adam Silver Auctions Lunch at NBA HQ for a Good Cause

After four short months after being appointed NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver has already made a name for himself. His uncompromising approach to the Donald Sterling controversy has earned him praise and respect among many, promising an interesting tenure to follow.

Now, Silver is offering up the chance for two fans to ask him their burning questions about the debacle through an online auction at global charity auction site Charitybuzz – and the price is getting steep. Fourteen people have already placed a bid on the chance to break bread with the Commissioner and other senior executives at the NBA offices in New York City, raising the price of this power lunch to $12,500 in just six days. With over two weeks to go, that number certainly won’t stick for long.

Fans can get in on the action at Charity Buzz through May 22. The auction is part of an effort to raise funds for the Advertising Council, a nonprofit organization that works on public service campaigns for nonprofits and government agencies.

Charitybuzz raises funds for nonprofits by auctioning thousands of incredible experiences spanning the best of sports, celebrity and pop culture. Since launching, the company has raised over $100 million for charity by giving bidders the chance to live their dreams and make a difference.

A Look At The NBA Playoffs: Round Two

The 2013-14 NBA season is reaching its climax, with the eight teams remaining set to begin their series this week. With some of the very best players in the business set to go head to head in some extremely intriguing matchups, it may prove difficult to pick the winners. The latest odds at bettingsports.com will keep you up to date on the odds for every match, so you can pick your winners.

Los Angeles Clippers v Oklahoma City Thunder

In perhaps the most exciting matchup of the round, the two star-studded teams face off against each other. The Clippers will be trying not to let the scandal involving ex-owner Donald Sterling affect their game, with leading talent such as Blake Griffin and Chris Paul set to lead the charge. The team has never reached the conference final round, and will be looking to make history in this series.

The Thunder, however, has a star duo of their own in Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, and on top of that, a much better defense than the Clippers. Oklahoma City will look to make the 4 home game advantage count and defeat the Clippers.

Miami Heat v Brooklyn Nets

After seeing off the Charlotte Bobcats in just four games in the previous round, the Heat will have the fresher legs going into this series. As well as that, Miami has the best player on the planet in Lebron James, along with other star players such as Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. The Heat will be looking to defeat Brooklyn and go on to win a successive NBA title.

However, the fact that the Nets swept the Heat in the regular season is no fluke, and with experience on their side and questions over Wade’s injury status, the Nets will be quietly confident of springing a surprise.

Indiana Pacers v Washington Wizards

The first and second picks in the 2010 draft face off in this matchup, with Washington’s John Wall and the Pacers’ Evan Turner matching up respectively. The strides that the Wizards made in their 4-1 series win over Chicago in the previous round could see them in good form, however, the Pacers’ roster is genuinely championship class when it is clicking. The pure ability of John Wall may be enough to see the Wizards advance in this one.

San Antonio Spurs v Portland Trail Blazers

Experience may be key in this matchup, and the Spurs have it in abundance. Players such as Tony Parker and Tim Duncan know exactly how to handle the pressure of the playoffs and the Spurs have an extremely good defense. On the other hand, the Blazers played extremely well in their first round matchup with the Rockets, and their outstanding pick and roll duo of Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge will cause the Spurs problems.

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